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2008.04.15 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

Rock Musical 'The Birds' to Premiere at UNO

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Department of Theatre will present the world-premiere rock musical “The Birds,” based on the comedy by Aristophanes, starting this week. Jeffrey Bell composed the original music for the show, which is directed by D. Scott Glasser.

A preview performance will take place Thursday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m., with performances running April 18-20 and April 23-27.

All performances will be held at the UNO Theater in the Weber Fine Arts Building. The house opens at 7 p.m.; curtain at 7:30 p.m. for the Wednesday through Saturday shows. Two special matinee shows are set for Sunday, April 20, and Sunday, April 27, at 3 p.m.

An interactive talk-back session with the director, designers and cast will immediately following the Friday, April 25 show.

D. Scott Glasser, adapter and director, has substituted contemporary and local references for Aristophanes’ allusions to ancient people and places transforming the ancient Greek comedy into a humorous contemporary fantasy and sharp social satire, according to the theatre department’s press materials.

The comedy focuses on two young men, dissatisfied with political and social life in the big city, who resolve to find the famed King of the Birds. They hope that he will help them resolve their problems by finding a land free of cares and conflict. It’s not long before quacks and frauds and Gods--both mighty and simple--arrive from earth and sky seeking to intrude.

The box office, located on the first floor of the Weber Fine Arts Building, has tickets for the musical on sale. Ticket prices are $15 for general admission; $12 for students and seniors. Group rates are available. Contact the box office by e-mailing unoboxoffice@mail.unomaha.edu or by calling 554.2335. For more information, please contact UNO Theatre Department secretary at 554.2406 or visit www.unotheatre.com.

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UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning October 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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